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Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Projector - Performance

Posted on September 3, 2013 by Art Feierman
This page considers the measured brightness of the Brightlink Pro 1410Wi in its different color modes, as well as discussing audible noise.

Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Projector - Brightness

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The Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi's performance seems essentially identical to the Brightlink 485Wi education projector.  Both are rated 3100 lumens of both white, and color lumens. As an added bonus, uniformity of the image which we've seen be a problem on some other ultra short throw projectors looks pretty good. Above, a stock image of the 1410 Wi.  Note the Control Pad mounted to the right of the screen.

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That brings us to a challenge - which is measuring the brightness.  If you think about it, when you consider how close the projector is mounted, you realize that the projector has to put out more brightness to parts of the white board or screen, furthest away, to have proper evenness of illumination. The angle of the light meter therefore also affects the measured brightness.

One needs to approach the measurements keeping in mind what's reflecting back to the audience.

So, we've played with measuring several different ways.  I can't say that our solution is close to perfect, but we do get numbers that make sense when you consider everything.  In this case that means tilting the meter based on the angle of the light to the point on the screen where you are holding the meter.

I mentioned Color and White lumens. Last year's SID (Society of Information Display finally established a Color Lumen standard, which helps explain what we've been talking about in reviews for more than a decade.  A projector with more white lumens than color, can provide an inaccurate relationship between whites compared to color so that whites that should be nicely bright compared to a red area, might be blindingly bright instead.  The more color lumens the better.   If you have a few minutes we created a video which explains, and shows you the dramatic differences between projectors with high color output and low color output, but with similar white lumen brightness.

When we were all done with our less than perfect measuring system, the final number for brightest image was in Dynamic mode.  I conclude that:

The Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi in Dynamic mode measures as 3259 lumens.

It's always nice to see a projector beat claims, but then our methods in this case aren't that accurate. Still, we've previously compared ultra short throw projectors with conventional throw projectors to be sure we're not way off.

Tthe best combination of good color and lots of brightness, and punchiness to deal with lots of ambient light is:

Presentation mode. The Epson Brightlink Pro 1410 Wi measured 2613 lumens in Presentation mode.

Other color modes (white lumens): Theatre: 2307 lumens Photo: 2122 lumens sRGB:  1908 Dicom Sim: 1923 lumens Considering this projector is designed for screens up to only about 100" diagonal and typically around 80" diagonal, (due to the interactivity) that's a lot of lumens, even for reasonably bright rooms! Switching to eco-mode you are looking at a fraction over 40% reduction in brightness.  We find that most Epson projectors seem to be around 35%, so this is a little more drop than most.  Using Eco mode will stretch your lamp life, and make the projector quieter.

Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Color Modes

There are plenty of modes which can be adjusted and will remember the changes, plus there's a "savable"  user memory- Customized mode, at least as far as color settings go.

A bit more on Color Lumens vs. White Lumens

We do not measure color lumens separately for each projector.  except in when originally considering the impact of color lumens and for the color lumens video we created.  At one point we measured a half dozen projectors using single chip DLP, 3LCD, and LCoS designs.  We used Epson projectors for the 3LCD projector group and does produce essentially the same number color lumens as white lumens with minor variation.  The primary area where there's a difference is when a color wheel is present (single chip DLP projectors), and that color wheel has a clear slice on it, in addition to RGB (and possibly other filters).  The net effect - is that projectors relying on a large clear filter on their color wheels (not all single chip DLPs), will not have very good color anywhere near brightest measurements. Again, check out our Color Brightness video, if you would like to learn more: Bottom line:  Presentation mode on the Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi looks really fine for business presentations with photography, videos, and other visuals, with many DLP's you would need to give up about 50% of brightness, not just 20%, from maximum to have colors and the presentations they are in, look that good.

Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Projector - Audible Noise

The 1410Wi's noise levels are pretty reasonable for a conference room projector, claiming 35db at full power.  That's only 2-4 db louder than many home theater projectors running at full power, so pretty darn good.  Per Epson's claim, Eco-mode will drop you down to 29db, that's quieter than their own flagship home theater projector running at full power.

With the projector either mounted above the whiteboard, or on a table right next to it, the Brightlink Pro away from any audience.  Better still, if you go with the deluxe Brightlink Pro system with the cosmetic projector "shield", that's going to be blocking part of that noise to make the Brightlink Pro 1410Wi quieter still.

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